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A how-to guide to deal with the common Mac errors

by Aryan Dev
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Mac users are used to everything functioning smoothly, and therefore, they are lured into believing that nothing can ever go wrong. After all, Macs are constantly striving for perfection in the computing world, and no other computer comes close. So, when the opposite happens, it is easy to feel disappointed. But before you bang your head against the wall, here are a few easy ways to fix common Mac errors that crop up when the machine is getting old or overworked. 

1. The white screen of death after booting Mac 

Mac users dread the white screen of death because it indicates something seriously wrong with the computer. Sometimes, after booting Mac, the screen turns all white, and the device is completely unusable. Usually, this happens after an OS update. 

When your MacBook boots to white screen, you can reinstall macOS to solve the issue or boot your Mac into Safe Mode to clean it. 

2. Bing redirect virus

Bing is a well-known search engine, and the Bing redirect virus is quite common. Many users have experienced the annoyance of searching information or things on Google but being redirected to Bing each time for no reason. 

Since viruses and malware are not usually created to target Macs, you may wonder how this virus affects your Mac. The plausible reason is that you must have downloaded something from the Internet that caused this. To solve this issue, open Activity Monitor and close all the applications that appear suspicious. 

3. Frozen/unresponsive applications and programs 

When you’re used to blazing fast speed, it can be quite frustrating to see an app frozen or not responding in the middle of your work. However, there’s no need to feel helpless because you can’t close the app because you can Force Quit it. From the Apple Menu, you can summon the Force Quit option or press Command + Option + Escape. When the Force Quit menu appears, hit Force Quit for all the apps that aren’t responding. 

4. Incompatibility of login items 

Are you staring at a blue screen after your Mac has started up? It may indicate that one of the startup items is not compatible with macOS. After identifying the app giving problem, you have to remove the login items one by one and restart your Mac after each removal. 

You can do so by going to System Preferences > clicking Users & Groups > clicking your name on the left under Current User > clicking the tab of Login Items and highlighting an application > clicking the ‘-‘ sign to remove the app from the list of Login Items. Then, you need to restart your Mac and see if the issue is resolved. 

5. Your Mac isn’t charging 

If your Mac isn’t charging, use another charger or power outlet. If you’re using a Mac with a removable battery, remove it and place it back again. 

If these actions don’t solve the problem, reset the SMC or System Management Controller. Click on the Apple icon > shut down the computer > press the keys Shift + Control + Option > release all the keys > press the power button and switch on your Mac. 

6. Spinning beach ball 

The problem of the spinning beach ball is much more common than you think. It means your system has slowed down, and you must take a look at why. Go to the Activity Monitor and assess the impact of the running applications on your system’s resources. 

The Activity Monitor shows real-time stats on how specific applications consume much memory and CPU resources. If you see apps using more than what’s fair, you need to quit those applications by highlighting them on the list and clicking the X button. 

7. Mac is overheating, even under normal conditions 

When users run resource-hungry applications or too many apps at once, it is normal for Macs to overheat. As it is working double its capacity, it gets heated up. But, if your Mac is overheating under regular conditions and you can hear the whirring noise of the fan, you have to do something to help your Mac cool down. 

You can invest in a good quality air conditioning system to maintain a cool environment for your machine, or you can buy a cooling pad. Furthermore, clean the inside and outside of your Mac to avoid the accumulation of dust, which may cover the vents and fans. That might explain why the fans are working extra hard to cool down the system. 

If your Mac problem still isn’t resolved, go to one of the Apple stores and get professional assistance.

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